"Their Landing"

One of 10 songs commissioned for Sounds of California: Boyle Heights.

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From a young age, Eddika developed an appreciation for music through her father. Since he was a musician, she grew up attending his shows, watching him play guitar, piano and sing. During her teenage years, she picked up a guitar herself and began to make songs through the poetry she would write. After a number of years out of state she returned to California at the age of 18, where she immersed herself in the music scene that was developing in Los Angeles. She found a lot of inspiration though attending shows and events at  Self-Help Graphics, a community arts center that introduced her to a lot of artists, and musicians.

Eddika attended Pasadena City College, where she studied music, focusing on jazz studies, guitar and voice. Shortly after, she became an educator, teaching elementary school children world music performance through singing and percussion. After four years of teaching, Eddika went back to school to study Ethnomusicology and Brazilian Portuguese at UCLA. During her undergraduate program, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil, where she was able to partake in Afro-Cuban percussion classes under Francisco Aguabella, and was also part of the Bulgarian Women's Choir under Tzvetanka Varimezova. She later earned a Master's degree at USC in TESOL. She currently works at CSUN teaching international students academic English, while simultaneously being an active musician. Eddika is an accomplished musician who has demonstrated her artistic range through her band El Haru Kuroi and several musical collaborations with Yaksi, Arkestra Clandestina, Zoom-B and Yanga over the years.

“Their Landing” is one of 10 songs commissioned for Sounds of California: Boyle Heights. Sounds of California: Boyle Heights is a project of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in collaboration with the Community Power Collective, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Radio Bilingüe and local residents to record, compose, present, and archive the local soundscape, focusing on themes of anti-displacement and belonging.

Rola del Día and the The Sounds of California: Boyle Heights project are supported by the California Arts Council and California Humanities.

ACTA · Sounds of CA - Boyle Heights
Behind the lyrics
I wanted to illustrate my parent's journey and the things I remember seeing as a little girl when they were still together and living in Boyle Heights. I was a child, but I remember going to Otomisan, that place is very dear to me. I grew up eating Japanese food because it. I was always captivated by the murals and the Mariachis...I just felt like the neighborhood was a fascinating piece of history. In today's age in LA, things are changing so fast, many people are coming from all over and I think it's important that people know the history. Even though I didn't grow up there [Boyle Heights], I was born there; it's where my parents landed. I moved to many places. And when I was 18, I landed back in Boyle Heights through doing art with Self-Help Graphics. I feel like I came full circle when I came back to Boyle Heights. With the song, it was important for me to link my parent's experiences there and the histories of all the communities who've lived there.